Eagles surrender lead late in loss to Luverne

Published 8:59 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Goshen Eagles entered the bottom of the sixth leading Luverne 9-6, but the Tigers scored five runs in their final at-bats to come away with an 11-9 win over the Eagles in a key area game on Tuesday evening.

The loss for the Eagles drops them to 7-10-1 on the season.

Senior Hannah Calhoun got the start and went the distance, pitching all seven innings. Calhoun allowed all 11 runs, but only six of them were earned. She allowed 10 hits and walk, while striking out nine.

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The Eagles took a 7-0 lead after two innings of play on Tuesday night. The Eagles jumped on the board with three runs in the top of the first. Madison Campbell homered to left, driving in both Calhoun and Kate Warrick.

The Eagles added to their lead with four more runs in the second. Calhoun scored on a sacrifice fly by Brooke Bennett. One batter later, Lexi McLendon grounded into a fielder’s choice that allowed Warrick to score. Lydia Harrison closed out the scoring with a single to right, driving in Campbell and McLendon to put Goshen up 7-0.

Luverne stormed back in the fourth when they scored four runs on four hits, including a home run. The game moved into the bottom of the fourth with the Eagles leading 7-4.

Goshen got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Kaci Wilkes drove in Harrison for the Eagles’ eighth run of the game.

After allowing Luverne to score two more runs in the fifth, the Eagles went into the bottom of the fifth leading 8-6.  It was pushed to 9-6 after a Bennett double.

The Eagles went into the seventh leading by three runs. The Tigers accumulated four hits in the inning; paired with two Eagle errors and a walk, the Tigers were able to come back and force the game into the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Eagles were able to load the bases in the inning, but saw their rally cut short.

Goshen finished with 15 hits led by Harrison, Calhoun and Shae Shepard, all of whom finished with three hits. Bennett and Selena Warren both finished with two hits, while Warrick and Campbell each had one.

The Eagles will be back in action on Thursday when they host Straughn.